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The Director Of GALAXY QUEST Has An Intriguing New Gig...

Merrick here...

Dean Parisot has directed many projects.  Episodes of MONK and JUSTIFIED, one installment of THE TICK, and the Jim Carrey / Tea Leoni remake of FUN WITH DICK AND JANE are chief among his credits.  

All of which is fine and good, but to Geeks Parisot's most significant claim to fame is helming GALAXY QUEST - 1999's smart, charming, TREK-adoring homage.  Many people believe GALAXY QUEST to be the best STAR TREK since the original TREK series, even though it's not really STAR TREK at all.  

While I enjoyed Abram's 2009 TREK tremendously, in terms of overall TREKness, I'd concur with the above assessment.  GALAXY QUEST is consummate "Classic TREK" by proxy.  Its cast (Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, and Sam Rockwell) utterly nail the vibe of both the frustrated actors they portray  as well as the archetypical heroes they eventually become, and the whole of  film comes together seamlessly under Parisot's astute guidance.  

As such, it was with no small amount of interest that I learned that Parisot will be directing the sequel to  2010's RED.  The first installment was directed by Robert Schwentke, who won't be returning this time around - although original scripters Erich and Jon Hoeber are writing the new picture.  The original film's core cast  - Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and John Malkovich - are expected to reprise their roles.  

RED grossed nearly $200 million in box office alone off of a budget of less than $60 million. More about its sequel over at THR, HERE.  


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  • Feb. 20, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST


    by jordantmcarthur

    Yeah boi!

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    "Galaxy Quest" was truly fun and even emotional

    by ufoclub1977

    And it was also meaningfully complicated with it's combo satire and celebration of scifi geekdom. Much much much better than the recent "Paul"

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Red was so damn boring...What a waste of talent

    by kidicarus

    But Helen Mirren, hello, hot grandma!

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Strangely I can see this pairing...

    by Ribbons

    ...even though Schwentke has a much more cinematic visual style, this type of story seems very similar to Galaxy Quest. Action comedy that straddles the line between parody and homage about past-their-prime retirees who shouldn't be able to do any of the things they're expected to do in order to save their lives, but inexplicably can. I get it. I'm probably not going to see it, but I wish him luck.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Galaxy Quest was great

    by Bass Ackwards

    And ill throw this out there, Hitchhiker's Guide was decent too. Nowhere near as funny as Galaxy, but both films have some pretty spectacular special fx which still hold up today, which is pretty interesting when you see actual fx blockbusters from the last few years that already look like cgi cartoons.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Morgan Freeman as a ghost?

    by TheSplinter

    I love Morgan Freeman, but he died in the first movie. So unless it's a Ghostbusters tie in, he won't be in this one. Just sayin' And Galaxy Quest is a fun, smart movie that came from out of nowhere. Tim Allen's best work outside of Buzz Lightyear.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Red WAS boring.

    by tollfreesuicide

    Fun concept, boring execution.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Fuck that, Morgan Freeman died TWICE in the first film

    by sonnyfern

    Kinda pissed me off. I saw Red...but I'll be damned I don't remember that much about it.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    But Guy, you do have a name!

    by RedeyeJedi

    DO I!!? DO I!!?

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    Dont open that door! IS THERE AIR??? YOU DONT KNOW!!!!

    by diseptikon

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Never saw Red. Worth checking out?

    by Rob Jenson

    I enjoyed the comic on which it was based for what it was, but when I saw the trailer for the movie it was so utterly unlike the serious, bloody comic that I was turned off.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by Buck Turgidson

    Casting was brilliant.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Expressing my love for Galaxy Quest here as well.

    by Orbots Commander

    I'll join the chorus here: Sam Rockwell killed in that movie. Fantastic comic timing. And Alan Rickman was funny, sad/tragic and noble all at the same time. Great, great actor.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Sequel to 'Red'?

    by buggerbugger

    Brian Cox and his dog come back from the dead? Ah. Wrong 'Red'. Well, at least I added this talkback's obligatory Brian Cox reference.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Missy Pyle

    by Fred

    One hot space squid.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST

    That said, I find it intriguing that there's multiple . . .

    by Rob Jenson

    . . . movie series now revolving around aging action heroes (and Bruce is in both this one and Expendables) Perhaps there will now be a whole sub-genre of old ass-kickers. We've got Machete Kills coming out, too, so there's another one. Any others I'm forgetting? I suppose it's because it takes so long to become a "brand" that you're old by the time it happens. Or maybe it's just Hollywood's current obsession with "brands" and risk-avoidance in general. Please, Hollywood, for the love of god, do something original. And find better use for these actors that recycling what made them popular in the first place (playing to the brand, if you will) -- unless it's, you know, actually good. Not the case with Expendables or, judging by comments, Red. Or Machete (although I would dearly love to see an actually good Machete movie, so go for it, Danny and RR).

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST

    You lost me at "Red"...

    by DonkeyBalls

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    I want to see the original R-rated cut of Galaxy Quest

    by slone13

    Or at least the deleted scenes on a special edition of the dvd?

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Rockwell MADe that film!

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    Did you guys ever WATCH the show?? We've gotta get out of here before one of those things kills Guy! and as mentioned, 'DON'T OPEN THAT!! IS THERE AIR?!?! YOU DON'T KNOW!!' always leaves me in stitches.. Which reminds me, I never got around to seeing Gentlemen Broncos.. is it worth checking out on DVD? Or streaming maybe?

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Galaxy Quest is easily one of the top 5...

    by jimmy_009

    ...of the 90s.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    I love how Richman's character stays in his alien make-up

    by thelordofhell

    Even when it's revealed he's just an actor.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Merrick what the hell are you talking about?

    by Jeremy Shanks

    Why are you comparing Galaxy Quest with 2009 Star Trek, they absolutely are not up for comparison in any respect. I find in laughable that you had to slip this in for whatever nerd baiting reason you might have. Bloody hell, this article is about the director of a sequel to a stupid action movie from 2010 and it somehow gets turned into a discussion about the JJ Trek... #facepalm

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    "Many people" are also fucking morons...

    by DarkHawke

    ...if they think Galaxy Quest can hold a dilithium crystal to J.J.'s Star Trek. Since 2009, I can hear the words "Star Trek" and not automatically cringe at the crap that would surely follow. Galaxy Quest is cute and all, but the best and most enduring aspect of that effort was the push-up bra & padding that gave Sigourney Weaver luscious breasts for the first time ever. Otherwise, seen it, done it, show me something REALLY funny next time.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Galaxy Quest Is The Bomb

    by DeckardB26354

    I'm going to chime in with what everyone else has been saying, Galaxy Quest is fantastic. See it if you haven't, you won't regret it.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Was GALAXY QUEST ever offered to the real STAR TREK cast?

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Or would it have hit a little too close to home? Star Trek died in 1999 with DS9, GALAXY QUEST & DeForest Kelley.

  • But look at that Galazy Quest cast. A monkey could've directed greatness from those actors. Okay maybe I simplify...the tone is perfect for the plot and situation. And not only does the main cast deliver in spades, but Enrico Colantoni is soo good as Mathesar, in that actor that commits 200% kind of way.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Galaxy Quest: I loved the ending

    by Patrick Pettay

    When they showed the intro to Galaxy Quest The Next Generation or whatever they called it. At the end they introduce "Guy Fleegman as Chief Security Officer, Rock Ingersol." Then Rockwell gives that big shit eating grin and gives us an "Issac the Bartender" point at the screen. That scene kills me every time. He's so happy that he's a major character now and doesn't have to worry about being killed off as Red Shirt.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Parisot made Tim Allen watchable. That is no small feat.

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    He was really good in that movie.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Miners, not minors!

    by jawsfan

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 3:11 p.m. CST

    I loved Red

    by angelopoulos

    Screw you guys.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST


    by John Brown

    Are you saying that DS9 contributed to the death of "Trek?" Or are you saying it was the last real "Trek?" I would agree with the latter, and strongly argue against the former.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    margot_...exactly. Didn't he work with Allen on Home Improvement?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Assuming he knew Allen's strengths and weaknesses.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    "Galaxy Quest is the best Trek" -- Nobody

    by Erik Radvon

    Galaxy Quest is funny and a decent HBO at 3pm kind of flick, but I've never heard anyone say it's a Trek sequel by another name. The movie always seemed to borrow liberally from Space Quest 5. Anybody else catch that?

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    By Grabthar's hammer....what a savings.

    by Mugato5150

    If Alan Rickman didn't deserve an Oscar for playing the coolest villain ever in Die Hard or whatever he was in the Harry Potter films, he deserves is for that line alone.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Sigourney's cleavage in Galaxy Quest

    by Derrida77

    Fantastic. First time I discovered what a MILF she was Great film to boot

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    That fun with Dick and Jane was the turds turd.

    by DarthBlart

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    But Galaxy Quest on the other hand was the shits shit.

    by DarthBlart

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Galaxy Quest > Nu Trek

    by donkey_lasher

    Nuff Said.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Let's get out of here before one of those things eats Guy!

    by Mandolorian

    Love that movie!

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST


    by Margot Tenenbaum

    the latter

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    I liked Red a lot

    by RG

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Galaxy Quest reminds me of Ghostbusters for some reason...

    by SK229

    I guess just cause it's a genre comedy that KICKS ASS, something which you're lucky to get once per decade. Also, Men in Black has aged well for me... I honestly didn't love it upon release or seeing it on DVD, but I caught it on tv recently and thought it was brilliant. What would be the genre comedy of the previous decade?

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    The genre comedy of the '00s is...

    by Evil_Twin

    ...Shaun of the Dead.

  • Young Frankenstein.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Galaxy Quest's first 30 minutes are great

    by Ditko

    but after that is just a middle of the road kinda thing. Saying "it´s the best Trek since whatever..." is just your media influenced geekdom showing up.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 4:07 p.m. CST

    GalaxyQuest is great.

    by DocPazuzu

    So many memorable lines. It manages to pull of the rare feat of being both very funny but also thrilling, gripping and weirdly touching at times. I can't think of any other movie offhand that both makes fun of and reveres its subject matter as successfully as GalaxyQuest. If you have the DVD then you know some of the deleted scenes are as funny as anything else in the film. The bit where Rickman is shown his "quarters" on the spaceship is hilarious. The look on his face is priceless.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    My guess is...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...that most people who take offense to GQ being called the "best Trek" since whatever are the typical irony-deficient and humorless trekkies that dissolve into apoplexy if told "it's just a TV show."

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    we don't actually see morgan freeman die

    by percane

    we see him get shot. we don't see him die. i actually expected him to show up at the end, because remember, helen mirren shot him, and ivan had already said of her character "when she shot me 3 times in the chest and i lived...i knew she loved me." so there's every possibility he's still alive

  • I guess because they're both about a group of naive/sarcastic people who are the first to stumble upon a supernatural presence and are given the equiptment to save the world. I thought M.I.B and Evolution were ok movies.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    if you mean the best genre comedy of the 2000-10's

    by LarryTheCableGuy

    i don't know, but i'd count Your Highness as a contender for this decade.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST


    by Koborover

    [sniffs] "...seems fine to me."

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    I agree with evil_twin, Shaun if the Dead

    by LarryTheCableGuy

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST

    70's Comedy

    by Deep13

    I'd agree Young Frankensteen is probably the best comedy of that decade with "The Jerk" a close second. Honorable mentions going to "Slapshot" and "Smokey and the Bandit"

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    The Galaxy Quest 'munchies' conspiracy...

    by blackmantis

    Ever notice that Tony Shalhoub's Chen acts stoned the whole movie, always looking for snacks, nonplussed by every amazing experience. Fleegman even asks him if he's stoned at one point as they walk off camera. Guaranteed there was a scene of him toking away that was cut to get a PG-13 rating.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Red 2 who cares! I want GQ2

    by Norm3

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Damn funny film, GALAXY QUEST...

    by Jason

    Let's get out of here before one of those things kills Guy!

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Love the scene with the 'Protector'...

    by Jason

    ...leaves the docking bay, scraping the sides of the bay as it leaves. The sound, the reactions from all! Classic scene.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Re: Larrythecableguy

    by SK229

    I wasn't even going back to the 70's, but you're right, that's another one I'd watch a lot as a kid... we had it on fucking beta. My dad was a big Mel Brooks fan. I did mean the decade previous to the one we're in now, the '00s. Re: evil_twin, I haven't seen Shaun of the Dead, but really? Up there with Ghostbusters? Then again, Galaxy Quest doesn't have the following Ghostbusters does, so who knows. If we take genre to include war movies, you could say Dr. Strangelove from the 60's and Tropic Thunder from the '00s. I really just wanted to include Dr. Strangelove somehow... and I do love Tropic Thunder. It had the balls to do racial humor the way Trading Places and other 80's movies used to do it.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Re: Larry again

    by SK229

    Even when Galaxy Quest came out I remember thinking it was the closest we'd get to GB. It's just one of those movie you can put on in the background and be doing other stuff around the house and check in with once in a while and it just makes you feel great. Usually, though, you stop whatever you're doing and just watch the whole thing for the 20th time. GB, though, is a total masterpiece of a movie. I wouldn't quite put Galaxy Quest in that category. I was 8 when my dad took a friend and I to see it, and it's amazing to me how certain things just hold on as the years go by and you realize more and more, "Oh yeah, that wasn't just some silly comedic blockbuster that I enjoyed as a kid, it was a classic."

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Red was like watching an old man with constipation try to take a shit

    by Jaster Mareel

    Kind of embarrassing, but mostly just boring. Truthfully I didn't even get halfway through it. Dick and Jane was one of the worst so-called comedies I've ever seen. So I guess this is a good match then.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Shaun of the Dead was overrated, there I said it.

    by Mugato5150

    I'm not saying it wasn't good. It was great. But Ghostbusters quality? No.

  • Just substitute "Omega 13" [or whatever the compound was called] for the "Eye of Harmony" and you have the resolution in Act 3 for both properties...

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 6:01 p.m. CST

    We need your help.

    by EyeForgiveMelGibson

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Pedal to the Metal!

    by MisterE

    Galaxy Quest is awesome.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Can we PLEASE have the 'uncensored' Quest on DVD now DreamWorks?

    by J.B.M.A.

    That fucking awful overdub of Sigourney has hurt me ever since I witnessed the proper unspoiled line at the cinema. One of the funniest gags in the movie RUINED.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Loved GQ... Shaloub

    by jackofhearts29

    That was a hell of a thing.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 6:37 p.m. CST


    by jackofhearts29

    Check your rater, dang thing's busted.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST

    I agree JBMA...

    by GBH

    It was a terrible dub.. FUCK THAT!

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Too bad Darryl "Chill" Mitchell is in a chair now, but he's still

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    out there acting his ass off.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    By Grabthar's Hammer...

    by Nerfee

    All who paid actual cash to see 'RED', will be AVENGED!!!

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Warren Ellis for the win!

    by Jaka

    More of his creations should be adapted to the big screen.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST

    But the animal is inside out... and it exploded.

    by bubcus

    I literally fell out of my chair twice while watching that movie in theaters. I laughed hysterically all the way through. Probably the best comedy I have ever seen. So many brilliantly quotable lines.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Take her out

    by Robbiemc9

    The scene where the black guy realises he has to steer the ship out of the dock is hysterical. Plus Sig's running gag of repeating the computer. Ducts! Why do there always have to be ducts! LOL! I forget how funny this is. Then I put it on occationally and am always surprised at exactly really how funny it is.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 10:06 p.m. CST

    I have no memory of Galaxy Quest being any good at all

    by JackSlater4

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 10:12 p.m. CST

    RED was terrible!! cheap looking and full of jarring tonal shifts.

    by FleshMachine

    bad bad film.

  • Feb. 21, 2012, 4:24 a.m. CST

    By Grabhtar's Hammer... what a savings...

    by David Cloverfield

    Galaxy Quest is a perfect comedy, on par with Ghostbusters, but it's less accessable.

  • Feb. 21, 2012, 5:15 a.m. CST

    The "lathe" line is classic.

    by DocPazuzu

    Poor Fleegman attempting to rise above his red shirt status by trying to be logical and scientific when the captain is in a jam. Hilarious.

  • Feb. 21, 2012, 5:21 a.m. CST

    the deleted scenes...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...including Rickman's quarters, for those of you who haven't seen them:

  • Feb. 21, 2012, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Never give up, never surrender!

    by Lex Luthor II

  • Why there was never a Quest sequel when we got at least 7 entries in Trek we could all do without..

  • Feb. 21, 2012, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Yeah galaxy quest is all kinds of awesome

    by goatboy500

    Also, no one else seems to think so, but after playing RIpley I never found Sigourney hot.. until Galaxy Quest. Yeah Rockwell makes the film but pretty much everyone is killer in it, Shaloub's half stoned engineer cracks me up also. 'Sorry about that cap.... I'll get one of my guys down here with some WD40...'

  • Feb. 21, 2012, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Galaxy Quest>>>>> nuTrek

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    The animal is inside out?!

  • Feb. 21, 2012, 7:59 a.m. CST

    GQ >>> Nu Shitty Trek. DOUBLE FACT.

    by KilliK

  • Fantastic film.

  • Feb. 21, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST

    By Grobthar's hammer- is there to be no more Galaxy Quest?!

    by UltraTron

    Easily the best Dreamworks film to date besides War of the Worlds. Naturally they hadn't the slightest idea how to maket it and totally fucked up.

  • Feb. 21, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Did you guys ever WATCH the show?????

    by quintana007

    Still waiting for a worthy sequel. Why is it that really awesome movies never get one?

  • Hey, Brian Cox poster, you're getting sloppy. You should have posted this. Get to it man!

  • Feb. 21, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    galaxy quest: Id rather see it re-released in 3d than get a crap sequel.

    by Arcadian Del Sol

  • Feb. 21, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST


    by D o o d

  • Feb. 21, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Morgan Freeman?

    by Wcwlkr

    I was pretty sure he died in Red. I didn't think like Red as much as I thought I would. The best parts were in the trailer.